Looking for that, I also found this https://www.reddit.com/r/tinnitus/comments/3d294k/cured_my_o... tldr is: A minority of tinnitus suffers may be helped by the neck massage described in this vid: https://youtu.be/eDSESarTQXk
EDIT: Sorry to make it sound like I didn't read the article and just dumped this onto here. I simply noticed a tendency of people to throw this link at tinnitus sufferers without taking into consideration the aforementioned distinction, so yes, this is slightly off-topic.
During that time I saw at least five different doctors: general physician, two ENTs, hearing specialist, and a naturopathic physician (I might have even seen more that I'm not remembering). I even got MRIs. Nobody could fix it or tell me what was causing it.
Eventually my wife suggested I get a craniosacral treatment from her yoga instructor -- she saw on the website that it could help with tinnitus. To say that I was dubious would be putting it very mildly. But, I was willing to try just about anything at that point.
Long story short, craniosacral therapy is body work, and it's sort of like chiropracty. The practicioner noticed that my jaw muscles were very tight and did what she could to get them to release.
Over the course of the next week, my tinnitus steadily decreased and has not been back. That was over a year ago.
tl;dr: My specific case of tinnitus was definitely caused by head/neck muscle tension, and was cured. Hope others can find relief as well.
> Craniosacral therapy (a.k.a. craniopathy and cranial osteopathy) is a holistic therapy that involves the manipulation of the skull bones (the cranium) and the sacrum to relieve pain and a variety of other ailments, including cancer.
> Craniosacral therapists claim to be able to detect a craniosacral "rhythm" in the cranium, sacrum, cerebrospinal fluid and the membranes which envelop the craniosacral system. The balance and flow of this rhythm is considered essential to good health. The rhythm is measured by the therapist's hands. Any needed or effected changes in rhythm are also detected only by the therapist's hands. No instrument is used to measure the rhythm or its changes, hence no systematic objective measurement of healthy versus unhealthy rhythms exists.
> Skeptics note that the skull does not consist of moveable parts (unlike the jaw) and brain cells lack actin and myosin (the things in muscle cells that make them move). The only rhythm detectable in the cranium and cerebrospinal fluid is related to the cardiovascular system, but craniosacral therapists deny craniosacral rhythms are due to blood pressure. When tested, therapists have been unable to consistently come up with the same measurements of the alleged craniosacral rhythm. (Dr. Ben Goldacre says there have been five such published studies and "in none of them did the osteopaths give similar answers.")
In case anyone else was curious.
An interesting note is that the practicioner I saw also had low regard for the field as a whole, and I don't think she would give a blanket recommendation for treatment.
The practicioner I saw had good knowledge of anatomy and was not into the mystical/rhythm side of things. Most of her work was on muscles and getting them to loosen up.
The essence of craniosacral therapy is moving the bones in your cranium. That's the top part of the skull which protects the brain. In adults, those bones are fused, and no longer move; they're still distinct pieces, but the only time you're going to get any flexion up there is if your skull has been fractured.
So any massaging of that region isn't being done to move the bones, it's being done (whether the practitioner knows it or not) entirely for the benefit of the muscles, which is what helped you.
> Naturopathy, sometimes referred to as "natural medicine," is a largely pseudoscientific approach said to "assist nature" , "support the body's own innate capacity to achieve optimal health" , and "facilitate the body's inherent healing mechanisms."  Naturopaths assert that diseases are the body's effort to purify itself, and that cures result from increasing the patient's "vital force." They claim to stimulate the body's natural healing processes by ridding it of waste products and "toxins." At first glance, this approach may appear sensible. However, a close look will show that naturopathy's philosophy is simplistic and that its practices are riddled with quackery .
> Most of the things naturopaths do have not been scientifically substantiated; and some—such as homeopathy—clearly are worthless. In many cases, naturopaths combine sensible dietary advice (based on medically proven strategies) with senseless recommendations for products.
Again, for the curious.
Oh, and a blog from a former naturopath: http://www.naturopathicdiaries.com/
> Naturopathic medicine is not what I was led to believe. I discovered that the profession functions as a system of indoctrination based on discredited ideas about health and medicine, full of anti-science rhetoric with many ineffective and dangerous practices.
She took my blood and sent it to a lab for allergy testing. That part was fine. She also prescribed me some ridiculous homeopathy stuff, and overall it was too much pseudoscience to stomach.
I firmly believe that in the next ~10 years this attitude will change (at least in the US) as payers transition to community outcome-based reimbursement models. It's a lot cheaper to massage someone's SCMs (educated guess, I'd love to know if it was something else) a few times and teach them how to stretch FIRST than it is to send them to go through all that bullshit. Every clinician has the anatomical knowledge required to identify that issue, especially any that specializes in a system located directly at the insertion of this muscle. The fact that not one, but two ENTs missed this just shows how dysfunctional the healthcare industry is.
i read a book about pain at some point that contained a good analogy: imagine holding a melon with one hand, arm upright. Now bend the hand forward, and try to hold this for several hours.
Of course we wouldn't be able for more than a few minutes. The analogy of course being the melon as the head and the arm being the spine. It makes you realize how much muscle work is necessary to keep the head bent forward.
In my case the tension went from my neck to the jaw, and the jawbone pressing on the region close to the ear.
I first needed to relearn walking like a child, with the head being balanced on top of its center of gravity - one can feel a pretty remarkable effect of tension relief on the neck. Then relearn to keep the jaw relaxed. Then adjust work habits, spend more time walking, less staring down at phone screens. Takes a while.
This morning I woke up with no tinnitus at all. It sometimes comes back, but then I know what to do.
Some evidence here: http://de.slideshare.net/mobile/TinnitusResearch/somatosenso...
Depending how I open my jaw, clench it, or move my neck, the noise will increase. Hearing is fine, been tested.
Fortunately I mostly don't notice it. The only real permanent effect is that earplugs, for example on a flight, actually make noise worse.
This is not exclusive to muscle tension. I have tinnitus caused by damaged hearing from hand grenade explosion and I experience the same.
In my case a hearing test ruled out any hearing loss.
But I wouldn't doubt neck tension is an issue since I grind my teeth at night. Even awake and sleeping face down I can hear a sound like water rushing or a fluttering sound and realize it's my jaw muscles. I can't control it but I am sure it would be an issue and may cause or influence my tinnitus.
I tried the reddit neck method but no luck.
Yes several mouth guards/plates over the years at $500 each.
I tried but I have acid reflux too and the combination of the guard and throat spasm makes me feel like I am suffocating.
I need to destress or changed jobs. Or get a girlfriend.
I have to imagine there are more things I can do with my posture / neck to further eliminate my tinnitus.
My tinnitus (I'm a long time sufferer) has also become less severe over the same period.
Until now I had not connected the two - mainly because I've made some other lifestyle changes such as improving my diet and avoiding stressful situations.
So it could be coincidental, but an interesting idea nonetheless.
High blood pressure can cause tinitus, although it's one of the less common causes: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Tinnitus/Pages/Causes.aspx
Thanks for the link though, I may just have a try at getting an appointment again before the year is out.
Reminded of a JS site that one of my colleagues made: https://tinnitusnotch.com/
They offer not just white noise, but many other types of discrete noise samples. They also process your own music for you.
With that being said, I'm interested in trying out some of the techniques mentioned here. Being able to sleep in (almost) absolute silence sounds blissful.